Fredonia Summer School

Fredonia Summer School
Posted on 07/11/2018
This is the image for the news article titled Fredonia Summer School Fredonia Elementary summer school classes are helping students catch up in specifically identified areas of study. Those students also get an extra dose of STEM instruction during the three-week camps, using technology to focus on computer coding-related exercises.

Many of the items teachers focus on this summer are needs identified before the school year ended, said Fredonia Elementary teacher Melody Jenkins. 
“These are things we need to fix before school starts so we can hit the ground running in August,” she said.

On a Wednesday, Fredonia students were working on math exercises at Nettie Marshall Academy of Dual Language. (Work on Fredonia’s heating and cooling system during the break required moving summer school classes to Nettie Marshall.)
Using Osmo-related apps, students can use their hands to follow commands on the iPad by assembling the required items on the desk in front of the tablet. The software, using a scanner attached to the tablet, tracks the students hands-on work.
“There are all sorts of hands-on lessons for students,” said Jenkins.

The computer coding exercises – which can also be done entirely online – are favored by teachers because it encourages higher-level, critical thinking, said Fredonia teacher Nallely Mejia.
The software used on the iPads was purchased using a special federal grant Fredonia Elementary qualified for a year ago. That allowed the campus to purchase additional tools to help out students in classrooms.
“Other teachers have seen them and want to use these as well,” said Sharon Fenley, NISD’s Director of Digital Learning.

The use of technology works well in the classroom, Jenkins said, and is something students are eager to do. After attending an education-oriented tech conference in February, Jenkins said she brought back “a lot of things to Fredonia.”

The use of technology in the classroom requires school districts to remain vigilant in keeping up with new trends. “As a district, we have to keep it going and going.”
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